If you think that you were sexually harassed in any manner, contact an Orange County Employment Lawyer today so we can help you enforce your rights. Sexual harassment is prohibited under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, yet people have to face it every day. Sexual harassment takes form in two different ways:
- Quid Pro Quo; and
- Hostile Work Environment
Quid pro quo is the more general type of harassment that most people associate with the term sexual harassment. This occurs when a supervisor uses their position of power to demand sexual favors in exchange for job security or for a promotion. Actions such as these should be reported to your employer’s human resources department immediately, as it is the employer’s duty to investigate your claims. This is especially important when the harasser is not a supervisor but a co-worker. An employer may not be responsible for the actions of an employee who is not a supervisor unless the employer is aware of this activity. Additionally, contacting an employment lawyer while you maneuver through the process can help preserve and protect your rights.
Sometimes sexual harassment is not in the form of quid pro quo, but comments or unwanted sexual advances. This can still be sexual harassment and may create a hostile work environment. These can include:
- Unwanted sexual advances;
- Visual Conduct: leering, making sexual gestures, displaying of suggestive objects or pictures, cartoon or poster;
- Verbal Conduct: making or using derogatory comments, epithets, slurs, and jokes;
- Verbal Sexual Advances or Proposition;
- Verbal Abuse Of A Sexual Nature, Graphic Verbal Commentaries About An Individual’s Body, Sexually Degrading Words Used To Describe An Individual, Suggestive Or Obscene Letters, Notes Or Invitations;
- Physical conduct: touching, assault, impeding or blocking movements
Again, it is important that you report these actions to your company’s human resources department to preserve your rights. You don’t have to go through the process alone. Contact The Law Office of George Moschopoulos, APC to speak to a seasoned attorney and find out how we can help. We offer a FREE 30-Minute phone consultation so do not hesitate to call. We look forward to hearing from you to see how we can assist.